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Music — Is the diatonic scale optimal in some sense?

I have recently found a mathematically-sound "proof" that the twelve-tone musical scale is optimal. I am looking for a similar explanation proving that the diatonic scale is optimal in some sense. ...
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Mathematics and Music

I have heard that, in recent years, many mathematicians as well as music theorists have applied different branches of mathematics to music. I would like to know about some books/resources relating to ...
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Math and Music theory books

Are there any good books on musical theory from a mathematical standpoint? Is "Music theory and mathematics : chords, collections, and transformations", edited by Jack Douthett, Martha M. Hyde, and ...